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A Historic Vote

Bernie Sanders said on Face The Nation Sunday, September 25, 2016, ‘2016 is “not the time for a protest vote.”‘

Far too much is at stake come the November 2016 presidential election. The elected individual will be charged with navigating the United States’ troubled waters on national and on international fronts. An entertainer play-acting for TV coverage will not suffice. The Commander-in-Chief must be familiar with global networks, display strength, be ready to make decisive moves when necessary, keep our nation safe by guiding the military, and offer support to states without dictating.

It is said that all politics is local. My sentiments are that not all cases are subject to local rule–referencing the civil unrest facing America today. Civil unrest has required that President Obama step in and try to quail volatile situations. He has walked the edge this year. Can either candidate do this? It’s a gamble; nevertheless, we have seen both in action. Let that be your guide.

Minnie E. Miller

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Our Insane Politics

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Where we are today is best explained by Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic Magazine.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

Not to minimize the theatrics playing out in our United States by candidates for the presidency. Punishment awaits either one when that person arrives in the White House, January, 2017: Congress has not changed in years.

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Our Insane Politics

Where we are today is best explained by Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic Magazine.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

Not to minimize the theatrics playing out in our United States by candidates for the presidency. Punishment awaits either one when that person arrives in the White House, January, 2017: Congress has not changed in years.

I watched this calm, knowledgeable writer explaining to Judy Woodruff of PBS News hour and realize I wasn’t off my mind.

Selfishness seems to be the primary reason Congress and the White House cannot do the nation’s business. There’s a hole in the boat that is in the middle of the ocean, politicians!

We the people demand that you do your job.

P.S.:  The editorial board (of the NYT) added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the “worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” They have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Minnie E Miller, Writer

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VOTE!

We can be a powerful unified voice, know that. It is crucial that people of color vote in the November 2016 election. Your Vote Counts!

One of my most inspirational saying was written by Dr. Maya Angelou: “And Still I Rise.” Feel the meaning of these words today and in November; go to the polls and vote with purpose.

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is going to mobilize 20 million black voters. Why it is important in this November election?  He expresses it better than I:

“We have both a sacred obligation and a historic responsibility to ensure that we will have the largestBlack American voter turnout in history.  Why? Because the overall quality of life of our families and communities are at stake.  Our energy, actions, and spirits must remain high and we have to fully engage the electoral process locally, regionally and nationally.”

~~~ Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Peace and Love.

Minnie E Miller, Writer

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About Choices

(((Elizabeth Warren For President)))

Senator Warren came out as a fireball attacking Donald Trump in her joint appearance on CNN’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign speech Monday. CNN stated, and I paraphrase, that Warren is one of Congress’s most outspoken critics of Wall Street…wonder how Clinton will handle that? I have read that Hillary has received large donations from friends on Wall Street. It appears the two politicians need to sync their public presentations.

Again, rumored by the media that Senator Warren is being considered as a possible running mate for democratic presidential candidate Clinton. IMHO, perhaps Warren should arrange a private, face-to-face, meeting with Vice President Joe Biden; he’s been there, done that. Rest assured, however, Mrs. Clinton will put the Senator through the third degree.

Nevertheless…

Hillary Clinton is my only choice to fight off Donald Trump. I am not swayed by the feminist opinion that electing Hillary would be a historical moment for women. What I want to hear is that the candidate will balance the needs and desires of corporate America — I’m very clear that the 1% will have their say — and the needs and desires of the common individual; as it’s so famously stated, the American people.

We must block all avenues leading to the White House by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. His proclamations grow more ridiculous every day. Even some members of his own party will not back him. Some have voiced their fears and others will not broach the subject when cornered by the media. White males of any group are the only voters he embraces. That absolutely leaves me out.

Nevertheless, what price victory if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

Minnie E. Miller

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The Poor Man’s Harvard

The poor man’s Harvard is failing poor students.

On Friday Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address at the flagship school of the City University of New York System.

“We have gone backwards,” said Frederick R. Brodzinski, a senior administrator and adjunct Professor in Computer Science who plans to retire in September after 30 years at the University.”

“… governments have been pulling back their support.”

“Dreams Stall as CUNY, New York’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters” By David W. Chen, The New York Times, May 28, 2016

Mr. Chen’s article is long and thoroughly laid out. It should embarrass the city of New york’s politicians as well as the federal government. It is stated in the article that students come from all the world to study here. You have to wonder what these students are saying when they return to their countries about a nation rich in opportunities, yet pulling back their support of education.

Perhaps this is the reason Mrs. Obama chose this school to deliver her address. Sometimes action speaks louder than words. And we wonder why young people are passionately following Bernie Sanders. They are not looking to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party to support their struggle to obtain an education.

Minnie E. Miller

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Critical Moments

Critical moments happen in life. Some decry our attention. Some resolve themselves. For me, this issue has shaken my analysis. It is freedom of speech–constitutional rights.

My attention was drawn to an article in Flipboard taken from “The Guardian” and written by Julia Carrie Wong (5/6/2016). She wrote: Progressive groups decry Facebook sponsorship of Republican convention.

…. a coalition of organizations urging technology companies and other corporations not to sponsor the party of Trump.

Donald J. Trump has placed us on a precarious crossroad in the social media (one of many public airings) regarding freedom of speech. How do we tolerate his hateful speeches: his bias, his prejudice, his bigotry, his sexism. It seems the only human beings he tolerates are white, American men. The hell with the rest of the world.

Social media is a fairly new way of communicating. It is one in which I think we may have to step back and take a serious look at limiting the kind of talk we have been experiencing. Yes, this treads on the edges of censorship; a scary thought for me as a writer.  Nevertheless, there must be a way to handle this. In my opinion, we are going to hear more about limiting speech on social media.

Do we give Mr. Trump a pass?

Minnie E. Miller

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